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Andy Murray celebrates winning a point during his victory over Norbert Gombos on Tuesday

Andy Murray reaches the last-16 of the Rafa Nadal Open with straight sets win over world No 115 Norbert Gombos

  • Andy Murray has continued his singles comeback following hip surgery
  • He beat world No 115 Norbert Gombos in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday 
  • Former world No 1 now into the last-16 of Challenger Tour event in Mallorca 
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Andy Murray defeated Norbert Gombos of Slovakia 6-3, 6-4 in the second-round of a second-tier Challenger Tour tournament hosted by Rafael Nadal’s tennis academy on Tuesday.

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After cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 win against 17-year-old unranked Frenchman Imran Sibille in the first round, Murray faced a much tougher challenge from the 115th-ranked Gombos. 

The former world No 1 had his service broken once in each set but saw out the victory in a match that lasted nearly two hours.

Andy Murray celebrates winning a point during his victory over Norbert Gombos on Tuesday

Andy Murray celebrates winning a point during his victory over Norbert Gombos on Tuesday

Murray gets down low to reach the ball during his victory in the Rafa Nadal Open

Murray gets down low to reach the ball during his victory in the Rafa Nadal Open

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Murray gets down low to reach the ball during his victory in the Rafa Nadal Open

Murray will next play Italian Matteo Viola, ranked 240th in the world.

The two-time Wimbledon champion is using the tournament to work his way back toward his best after having hip surgery in January. He returned to the courts in June playing doubles – including at Wimbledon – before moving back to singles this month.

The Scot had lost to Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati and to Tennys Sandgren in Winston-Salem, both in the first round.

Murray had not played on the Challenger Tour since 2005.

The former world No 1 is into the last-16 after a second successive straight sets victory
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The former world No 1 is into the last-16 after a second successive straight sets victory

The former world No 1 is into the last-16 after a second successive straight sets victory